Honda's head of motorsport has said that he expects the company to be competitive on its return to F1 with McLaren in 2015.

Although the Woking team has to negotiate a final season with Mercedes power before officially reuniting with its former partner, work will have been going on behind the scenes for many months, with the aim of getting the relationship off on the right foot and providing competition for the likes of Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes.

With the status of current McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez officially uncertain beyond the end of the current campaign - although Button insists he has inked a one-year extension to his deal - Honda insists that it is not worrying about who will be in the cockpit just yet. With past McLaren-Honda line-ups having included the likes of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, the future stars have a lot to live up to, and Yasuhisa Arai admits that he won't be prepared to accept anything less than a competent pairing as Honda seeks to hit the ground running in 2015.

"Of course, in the 1980s, we had a splendid time with McLaren, with Senna and Prost as very good drivers - it was a wonderful time," Arai told Sky Sports News, "However, at the moment, we are completely undecided of anything about drivers. What we should do now is to have good drivers, [a] good team and good organisation. Those things have to be ready, have to be right, in order to have a good start. We are committed fully to get wins. That is the very target from the very first year."


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